SAT Dates 2016-2017

Below is an updated list of SAT Dates 2016-2017. Remember, only the New SAT will be offered moving forward. Don't forget to read my recommendations for Best SAT Prep books and Best ACT Prep books (if you plan to take both tests). Not sure? Read my post on how to whether to take the SAT or ACT.

SAT Dates 2016-2017

SAT Test Dates

August 26, 2017

October 7, 2017

November 4, 2017

December 2, 2017

March 10, 2018

May 5, 2018

June 2, 2018

**Register By:            

July 28, 2017

September 8, 2017

October 5, 2017 

November 2, 2017

February 9, 2018

April 6, 2018

May 13, 2018

**The date range includes, regular registration. College Board does allow late registration (typically 2-3 weeks after official deadline). To avoid any extra fees, register BEFORE the regular deadline date. 

Important Registration Tips

Before you register for the SAT, read my SAT Registration: An Expert's Guide, which contains several tips for making sure that you have the best possible experience on the testing day. 

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Take the Test More Than Once

Remember that students often take the SAT more than once. Why? For a couple reasons. Some schools will take your "highest combined SAT score" from multiple sittings (which almost always results in a higher total score) and some students just need a couple attempts at the SAT test to feel comfortable and relaxed. Generally, though, after three attempts, students will have achieved their best scores.

Why Are the Subject Tests So Important?

Don't forget that some highly selective colleges and universities will require students to take two SAT Subject Tests. These tests cover specific course topics, like US History and Literature. Scoring well on these tests can be an added bonus to the application.

Subject Test SAT Dates 2016-2017

Test Dates

October 10, 2015

November 8, 2015

December 6, 2015

January 23, 2016

May 7, 2016

June 4, 2016 

Registration Deadlines

September 3, 2015

October 9, 2015

November 5, 2015

December 28, 2015

April 8, 2016

May 5, 2016

Some highly selective colleges and test-flexible colleges still require (or recommend) SAT Subject Tests in at least two areas of study. Do not overlook this requirement (or recommendation). Many students applying to highly selective colleges do not spend enough time preparing for these exams, which are an important component of the application. Why? Highly selective colleges, like the Ivy League and Stanford, have TONS of applicants with high SAT and ACT scores, but many of these have mediocre SAT Subject Test scores (under 750).

Since the Subject Tests show mastery of the material, colleges often place a higher value on these scores than the SAT or ACT (and much more than the Subject Tests). When a student with a very high GPA and test scores does NOT get accepted at a highly selective college, I often see Subject Test scores that are not in the higher range (ideally even 750-800). 

One of the best things about the ACT is that many colleges will waive the SAT Subject Test requirement if you submit ACT scores. This is a good option for many students who do not score highly on the Subject Tests (and many really smart students find these tests very difficult). 

Remember: You cannot take an SAT and SAT Subject Test on the same test date, so you will need to plan accordingly by noting the SAT Dates 2016-2017 and marking out in advance your testing schedule.

Some College Do Not Require SAT Test Scores

Did you know that not all colleges require students to submit SAT or ACT scores to be admitted to college? If you are a strong student, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, you may be surprised to learn that many colleges, and really good colleges, have become "test-optional". Too many parents and students dismiss "test-optional" as a possible route to college admission. But before you do that, find out more about this growing, "student-friendly" trend in college admission.

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